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Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

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Released: 22nd Jan 2016



Released: 22nd Jan 2016


There are no Peel sessions anymore - that tradition was buried in the pyramids with John Peel himself upon the great man's passing.

Of the thousands left in the wake, 6 are ascribed to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - & of those 6, 3 have been combined to form the deeply congruous experience of 'Pond Scum'. A span of 8 years is covered, in reverse & many chestnuts are rolled out, freed of former contexts with sparse arrangements. '(I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit' feels, 10 years from inception, more vividly worn; 'Death to Everyone' is loosed from its frame, the bones decoupled & spread out; 'Arise, Therefore' adapts its metronomic base, the evangelic twist of its roots made palpable. With the centre of the performance in stark relief, the gnomic qualities of two 'Get On Jolly' pieces are intensified. Further accenting the devoted spirit of this collection is the inclusion of Bonnie's take on Prince's 'The Cross', as well as the previously-unreleased original 'Beezle'.

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  1. (I Was Drunk at the) Pulpit
  2. Death to Everyone
  3. Arise, Therefore
  4. Jolly Five
  5. Beezle
  6. Jolly One
  7. When Thy Song Flows Through Me
  8. The Houseboat (O How I Enjoy the Light)
  9. Trudy Dies
  10. The Cross
  11. Stable Will
  12. The Idol on the Bar